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Architectural Marvels of India

Tour Code - IJ 07

Duration: 12 Days

 

Destinations Covered: Delhi – Khajuraho- Orchha –Datia- Gwalior - Agra- Fatehpur Sikri- Jaipur – Amber Fort - Chandigarh- Akshardham Temple- Delhi

 

Tour Highlights

 


Delhi - City Sightseeing Tour
Khajuraho – Kamasutra Temples
Orchha – Medieval Bundela style of Architecture
Datia – Datia Palace
Gwalior – Gwalior Fort
Agra – Tajmahal and Agra Fort
Fatehpur Sikri – Mughal Architecture
Ambar Fort – Magnificent Hill fort
Chandigarh – First modern planned city in India
Akshardham Temple – Modern day Hallmark of Delhi

 

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi – The capital city of India is a sprawling modern metropolis with a stunning backdrop of ancient architecture. Check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 

Day 02: Fly to Khajuraho & Khajuraho Sightseeing

Today fly to Khajuraho– world famous for its Kamasutra temples. A UNESCO world heritage site Temples of Khajuraho are India’s unique gift to the world. These Temples were constructed between ninth and tenth century and highlights the existential ethos in religion that venerates yoga and bhoga. Yoga is the union of the self with the Almighty, while bhoga is the path to God through physical pleasures. The temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure, are a testimony to this philosophy. Out of 85 original temples 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the greatest artistic wonders of the world. Enjoy visit to Western and Eastern Group of temples. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

 

 

Day 03: Drive to Orchha and Orchha Sightseeing

Drive to Orchha a quiet hamlet, which means “hidden place” it is 170 Kms west of Khajuraho. Situated on the banks of River Betwa, Orchha is noted for its scenic beauty. The place is home of Bundela style of architecture and no doubt its historical structures are a witness to its glorious past and retains its medieval charm. Enjoy sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting Jahangir Palace – A tiered palace, crowned with graceful domed pavilions, Raj Mahal another Palace famous for its stunning architectural beauty, The Sheesh Mahal, Raja Ram Temples, Chaturbhuj Temple and Laxminarayan Temple. Overnight stay at Orchha.

 

 

 

Day 04: Drive to Gwalior. Enroute visit to Datia Fort

Drive to Gwalior (110 Kms from Orchha) famous as cradle of Indian dynasties. On they way to Gwalior visit seven-storeyed famous Datia Palace built in 1674 AD. The Palace is made of brick and stone and is one of the finest example of Bundela architecture. Arrive Gwalior and enjoy sightseeing of Gwalior city visiting Gwalior Fort one of the most invincible forts in India. The Gwalior Fort was honored by the Mughal Emperor Babur as “the pearl in the necklace of India. Visit double – storeyed Man Mandir Palace famous for stone carving and latticework, Teli ka Mandir - a 9th Centuary edifice towering 100 feet high is an amazing blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture. Sas –Bahu Ka Mandir is another architectural gem at Gwalior Fort. Later in the day its worth to visit Jai Vilas Palace & Museum, still residence of the Royal family. The Palace has rich collection of Belgian cut Glass furniture, stuffed Tigers, a Rolls Royce on rails, German bubble car etc.The Palace have astonishing architectural blend of Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles and imposing interiors. Overnight stay at Gwalior.

 

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Day 05: Drive to Agra. Visit to Tajmahal

Today drive to Agra once the capital of Mughal Empire and the city of Taj Mahal –one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra is 120 Kms from Gwalior.Enjoy visit to the glorious Tajmahal, a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, who died during Childbirth, the great Love bond inspired Shah Jahan to construct Taj Mahal - the greatest memory ever built for Love, it took not less than 22 years and work force of 20000 skilled laborer’s and the jewelers in construction of the monument. The fact about Taj Mahal is that it changes its color depending upon the intensity of light falling on it. Overnight stay at Agra.

 

 

 

Day 06: Agra Sightseeing.

Start the day with visit to Grand Red sand stone fort of Agra constructed by Great Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. Pearl Mosque, Halls of Public and Private audience, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Musamman Burj are some architectural marvels of Agra fort. Later in the day visit Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb – commissioned by Noor Jahan, Emperor Jahangir’s wife, in memory of her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Lavishly decorated with inlay work of pietra dura honored the tomb with title of “Jewel Box” and Sikandra a vast, beautifully carved, red - ochre sandstone tomb set amid a lush garden aptly named “Gateway of Magnificence” is final resting place of Greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar. Evening you have an option to enjoy 6D tourist movie show “India on motion”. Overnight stay at Agra.

 

 

Day 07: Drive to Jaipur .Visit to Fatehpur Sikri.
Today head to Pink city Jaipur - capital of the historical and royal state of Rajasthan. The city is remarked for its marvelous architecture, culture, Cuisine and lively spirit of the people.Jaipur is 235 Kms from Agra. Enroute to Jaipur visit Fatehpur Sikri – it was the capital of India between 1571-81 AD. The greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri as a mark of respect to the famous Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, who had predicted the birth of his son. Later the capital was shifted back to Agra because of scarcity of water at Fatehpur Sikri.
Evening enjoy mouth-watering delicious Rajasthani cuisine with live folk dance program at famous city restaurant of Jaipur. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

 

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Day 08: Jaipur & Amber Fort Sightseeing

Morning visit stunning hill fort of Amber constructed in 1592 AD, an Elephant back ride like a royal king will reach you to the vibrant entrance of the Amber fort. Enjoy visit to breathtaking palaces, complexes, halls, pavilions and Gardens at Amber fort. Later enjoy half day city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace complex –houses an imposing collection of Rajasthani art Jewellery, enamelware, carpets, tremendous range of miniature paintings, armory and thousands of ancient manuscript preserved from the royal family’s private collections, The Observatory – built between 1727-34 AD is an noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments and the spectacular Hawamahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 AD allowed the royal ladies to see the street procession with its 953 small niche windows. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

 

 

Day 09: Drive to Delhi. Delhi Sightseeing
Drive to Delhi 256 Kms east of Jaipur, Arrive Delhi and visit Qutub Minaret- built in 1193 AD is the highest stone tower in India. Later head to Old Delhi – enjoy drive pass through the magnificent Red Fort constructed by The Great Mughal emperor Shahjahan in1638-48 AD, Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest mosque in India, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644- 56 AD. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 

 

Day 10: Delhi Sightseeing & Drive to Chandigarh

Morning start the day with visit to India Gate – The war memorial built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan wars. The names of Martyrs are inscribed on the walls of the memorial, Rastrapati Bhawan – the official residence of President of India with 340 rooms it is the largest residence of any Head of the state of the world. Later in the day visit Rajghat- memory place of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Ambassador for peace to the world and Lotus Temple – an architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The lotus shaped Temple is set among pools and the Gardens, which gives an impression of a floating half open lotus flower surrounded by its outspread leaves. Afternoon drive to Chandigarh, 248 Kms north of Delhi. Overnight stay at Chandigarh.

 

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Day 11: Chandigarh Sightseeing

Enjoy sightseeing tour of Chandigarh - honored as first planned city of India and is the face of modern. The city was designed by French Architect, Le Corbusier. Visit The Capitol Complex, seat of the Government of the states of Punjab and Haryana. It consists of three main edifices, namely the Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly and the High court. All three buildings stand tall, representing the pillars of democracy of free India.Later enjoy visit to Rock Garden created from industrial and urban wastes, with its intriguing statues, gardens and waterfalls Rock garden is a worth place to be visited. Last stop of the day is famous rose Garden of Chandigarh spread over 30 acres of land and exhibiting over 1600 different species of roses, the garden is largest rose garden in Asia. Overnight stay at Chandigarh.

 

 

Day 12: Drive to Delhi. Departure transfer from Delhi
Transfer to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and visit the Grand Akshardham Temple complex, a great example of fusion of Ancient Temple architecture and modern Indian architecture. It took more that five years and work force of 11000 artisans to complete the marvelous modern day icon of Delhi.A minimum time of 4 hours is required to visit all attractions in Temple complex including the famous twelve minute boat ride, which takes you on tour of glorious 10000 years old Indian cultural heritage.In time transfer to Delhi Airport for your flight back to Home / Next Destination.

 

 

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